Fr. Martin was born in former Czechoslovakia, (today’s Slovak Republic of the European Union) on November 1, 1973, to František, who currently resides in Košice, Slovakia, and newly departed Sona. Fr. Martin was one of four siblings with his brother Robert Vavrak who has also passed away. Fr. Martin started his philosophical and theological studies in Slovakia, and then in the Czech Republic at Charles University in Prague, where he graduated. Subsequently, Fr. Martin continued his postgraduate studies at the Pontifical University in Lubin, where he obtained a Licentiate in Pastoral Theology, and a doctorate in Christian Pedagogy from the Catholic University in Ružomberok, Slovakia. Father was ordained in 2003 by Bishop Milan Šašik at the Cathedral of the Nativity of the Virgin Mary in Košice.
Fr. Martin is happily married to his beloved wife Anna Vavrak, and has two sons, Martin František Vavrak and Richard Daniel Vavrak. Martin is 22 years old and is currently finishing his studies in college as a Professional Paramedic major. Richard is 20 years old and is also currently studying in college as a cybersecurity and computer science major. After Fr. Martin’s priestly ordination, he served for 3 years in the Mukachevo Eparchy in Transcarpathian Ukraine, and also taught in the seminary. He then went to the Slovak Greek Catholic Eparchy of St. Cyril and Methodius of Toronto, Canada, and resided in Windsor, Ontario where he was appointed. He served for about 5 years in Canada before moving to the Eparchy of Passaic in New Jersey where he served for almost 13 years.
Fr. Martin also serves as Administrator of St. Basil in Miami.
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